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This week, America will commemorate one of the most tragic and consequential events in the history of our nation – the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  As we reflect and remember, please take a moment to give thanks to all our esteemed World War II veterans; for those that fought on that fateful day; and for all those WW II veterans, living and deceased.  Thank you, as you were indeed, part of the Greatest Generation.  We will never forget Pearl Harbor and we’ll never forget the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

Where has the year gone?  Already into our first week of December and we started the month with more rain.  With an ongoing construction project at home, we’ve been living with mud since mid-September.  It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to finish the needed drainage work anytime soon, but we’ll make some temporary changes until some dry weather arrives.  Meanwhile, we’re preparing for lots of straw around the house and a couple muddy dogs for the foreseeable future.

From time to time, I’ve mentioned the scams that target our citizens, especially our senior population.  One more scam can be added to the list.  I received a call on my cell phone last weekend indicating that AT&T had suspended my account until certain account information could be verified.  The caller began listing all the personal and financial information they were requesting.  I listened longer than usual, as I knew it was a scam immediately, we have not account with AT&T.  When confronted with this fact, the scammer terminated the call immediately.

Especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, professional scammers and con artists seek to take advantage of the generosity, trusting nature and giving spirit of our citizens.  Their goal is simply to gain your trust and provide them sensitive financial information to steal your identity, drain bank accounts or run up credit card debt.

Every time the crooks are successful, they eventually cause otherwise generous individuals to retreat from giving.  So, during this holiday season, don’t let the crooks win.  Don’t give out personal or financial information on the phone to unknown callers.  Take time to check out and investigate any charitable requests you receive by phone or email.  And, remember that we always have a host of unmet needs close to home that count on your assistance.

The ongoing Supreme Court impeachment actions are most likely finished without producing any meaningful results.  Potentially flawed from the beginning due to procedural problems in House Judiciary, the process lumbered through the full House and passed on to the Senate for the actual trial.  However, an appointed temporary Supreme Court eventually halted the proceedings from continuing.

In the beginning, the process should have been limited to Justice Loughry regarding the infamous $32,000 couch, antique desk and furniture taken home for personal use, and a host of other charges that involved expenses and travel.  As is usually the case, his attempted cover-up was worse than the original charges.  Giving knowingly false statements to Federal investigators is not a wise move.

Had the former Chief Justice resigned in a timely manner, he could have spared the State the taxpayers the expense of impeachment proceedings that eventually encompassed the remaining court members.  Justice Ketchum resigned over tax and travel irregularities prior to impeachment.  Justice Davis resigned after articles of impeachment were returned.  Justice Walker was censured and is now Chief Justice.  The temporary Supreme Court blocked any action regarding former Chief Justice Workman.  Due to his federal trial, no action was ever taken on Justice Loughry until his eventual resignation a few weeks ago.

Now that the new Legislature is in place, any impeachment proceedings would require the entire process begin again.  I’m relatively certain that the current legislative leadership will not venture down that road soon, as it appears nothing can happen, barring a successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Also, there is no guarantee they would even hear the case.

At this point, my concern is the checks and balances we thought were in place between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.  It appears they are tilted in favor of the judicial branch, despite the intent of the state constitution.  At some point, there needs to be some definitive clarification as to the powers of the court to thwart the impeachment process.  Otherwise, a flawed process remains even more flawed than before with no clear remedy.  State government needs to act proactively to fix what we now know is totally broken.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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